Will brands dilute themselves through celebrity tie ups?

The Gap in the US has done a deal with music mogul and entrepreneur, Kanye West, and Coty has taken a controlling stake in Kylie Jenner’s beauty business. It is now worth asking whether brands are putting short term gain ahead of brand reputation. Certainly, there are more tie ups than ever, as part of …

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How will global fashion cope with the Buy now, Wear now generation?

There is a misalignment between supply and demand in global fashion, said Sarah Curran-Usher, co-founder of Fitzrovia Investment Advisors and retail advisor to True Fit at True Fit’s June 11 webinar – Restitching Apparel’s Supply Chain. She talked about how consumer behaviour has changed during lockdown and how the pandemic has accelerated various trends that …

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The post-pandemic shopper: Has coronavirus changed retail forever?

As the UK enters week six of lockdown, Germany is one of the first European countries that is slowly lifting restrictions and allowing non-essential retail businesses to open their doors to customers, albeit with strict precautionary measures in place.  German shoppers must wear face masks, respect social distancing and there can only be one customer …

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Brace yourself for ‘Return-uary’. How best can retailers protect profit margins amid a tidal wave of returns?

It’s that time of year, dubbed Return-uary by analysts, when ecommerce retailers brace themselves for a tsunami of returned golden-quarter goods. The Royal Mail predicted that on January 2 alone online returns would spike by as much as 72%, compared to the average number of returns per day in December. It’s a huge challenge for retailers …

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Alibaba sets Singles’ Day record with big focus on livestream shopping

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba set a sales record on Singles’ Day on Monday (11th November), the world’s largest 24-hour shopping event. By the end of the event, Gross Merchandise Value stood at 268.4 billion yuan or $38.4 billion – a 26% rise from the figure posted for Singles’ Day 2018. That’s a marginally slower growth …

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Peak: The Top 5 Busiest Shopping Days

Johnson Controls today announced that Sensormatic Solutions, its leading global retail solutions portfolio, has released the annual ShopperTrak predictions of the top five busiest UK shopper traffic days for peak trading 2019. With more than 1.5 million data collection devices in the retail marketplace, the ShopperTrak brand captures 40 billion shopper visits each year. Top …

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GAP – 50 Years of Denim

GAP is turning 50! To celebrate 50 years of selling premium Denim, the retailer is hosting an exclusive pop-up in London’s Soho, as part of its ‘It’s Our Denim Now’ autumn campaign. Retail Connections headed down there to see what was on offer. Located at 52 Brewer Street, the store showcases the limited edition 1969 …

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Dr Martens stamps its green credentials with vegan boots range

The iconic boot brand, Dr Martens – once a favourite of punks and goths, and now popularised by celebrity fans including Pharrell Williams and Rita Ora – posted profits up 70% in the year to the end of March 2019.  Its owner, private equity firm Permira, is reportedly eyeing a possible sale or stock market …

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Pride-ready retail: Are brands showing their true colours?

Brighton & Hove Pride is taking place this weekend (2nd to 4th August) expected to attract over 450,000 revellers. As the UK’s biggest LGBTQ+ Pride festival, the event boosts the city’s economy by a cool £20.5 million it’s been estimated. Kylie’s Saturday night set in Preston Park will of course be the main event, but …

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The rise of Retail Darwinism: It’s time to survive or die

By Rhena Bunwaree With recent major job cut announcements from Boots, Waitrose, Debenhams and Bathstore, there’s little doubt retail is undergoing a seismic change. Spending is switching to online, and we are splashing out less on things, and more on experiences, with consumers prioritising discretionary spend on going to the cinema and eating out, flipping …

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